VIERA, Fla. -
The Brevard County Manatees opened up the second half of the 2012 season on a high note as they defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays, 7-1 on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium.
The 'Tees received a quality performance from starting pitcher Brooks Hall (2-3, 4.23) as he went a season-high six innings and allowed just one unearned run. He yielded five hits, while walking two and striking out one.
Brevard (1-0 second half, 30-39 overall) broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth by plating two runs. New Manatee Jason Rogers singled up the middle with one out to drive in Nick Shaw. Mike Walker then grounded out to third to score T.J. Mittelstaedt and give the 'Tees a 3-1 lead.
In the seventh, Brevard County busted the game wide open as they put four on the board. Shea Vucinich led the frame off with a single and then moved to second, two batters later on a single from Franklin Romero Jr. Nick Shawn then singled through the hole at second, plating both Vucinich and Romero Jr.
Following a Dunedin (0-1, 42-25) pitching change, the damage wasn't done as Mittelstaedt doubled to center to drive in Shaw. Rogers then drove in Mittelstaedt for the fourth run of the inning and the Manatees had a comfortable 7-1 lead.
The Manatees racked up 11 hits and went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position on the night. Catcher Parker Berberet led the way at the dish as he went 3-for-4. Shaw, Rogers, Vucinich and Romero Jr. added two hits each.
Following Hall's departure from the game, Brian Garman and Casey Medlen held the Blue Jays scoreless for the final three innings. Garman struck out three in two innings of work and Medlen fanned two in the ninth.
Brevard County and Dunedin will square off in the second game of their three-game set on Friday night at 6:35 p.m.
Brandon Williamson (1-4, 6.21) will take the hill for the Manatees as he is looking for his first win since May 19. The Blue Jays will send Marcus Walden to the mound, who is making his first appearance since being promoted from Class A Lansing.